THE FACTS: MG3
IT IS: Fiesta-class fourdoor hatchback from SAIC, China, via Birmingham where it is finished off. Seats five. Rear seat tumbles forwards to make a larger than average luggage area. LENGTH: 158 inches (4m). PERFORMANCE: From the brochure: 37.7mpg urban, 57.6mpg extra urban, 47.7mpg overall. CO2: 136g/ km. 0-60mph 10.4 seconds.
GEARS: Five-speed manual, no automatic option. PRICE: £8,399 to £9,999. OVERVIEW: The future for MG globally is good. SAIC is huge and became the first Chinese maker to pass five million sales last year. Its MG and Roewe (akin to Rover) brands accounted for 230,000. UK-made MGs will be exported to Ireland this year. Another 50,000 will come from the new factory in Thailand for South East Asia. MGs are now sold in some 40 countries, including Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.